Spencer Dinwiddie revealed his greatest player of all time, which isn’t Michael Jordan, contrary to what many expected. He instead chose Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and gave context and more explanation on why Kareem was his choice.
They changed the rules for him
Dinwiddie claimed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s overall career trumps Michael Jordan’s dominance in the NBA. Many have crowned Mike as GOAT because he was 6-0 in NBA finals, won numerous individual awards, and his competitive spirit was second to none. Still, Kareem’s high school and college achievements were far greater than Jordan’s. Abdul-Jabbar was 88-2 in college with UCLA and won three straight titles. He was named MVP in those years and averaged 26 points on 63% shooting on the floor, which is a perfect example of his dominance.
Spencer then laid his conditions as to who his GOAT is to appease MJ’s fans, who thought the small forward belittled their idol.
“When I was talking the GOAT for me means highschool, college, pro dominance, longevity, all of that. Kareem I don’t think lost in highschool. I think he was 85 and 2 in college, won a championship every year, was the best player every single year. They changed the rules for him. That’s why he got the sky hook. He comes to the league, obviously dominates, has the most points of all time, and things like top 5 or top 10 rebounding. He has 5 rings. His career speaks for itself. Played 20 years.”
Rule change for Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar was so dominant that the NCAA had to change its rules to level the playing field. They banned dunking in 1967 and only lifted it in 1976. Today, high schoolers dunk all the time, but at that time, it seemed unfair to those who couldn’t, and Kareem was doing it with so much ease. However, the rule change didn’t slow him down. It only made him better.
The man formerly known as Lew Alcindor developed his move to counter the ban. Thus, the sky hook was born, and it became one of the deadliest offensive moves in the history of the NBA, putting Kareem on top of the most points scored list.
Dinwiddie has a point. Regarding basketball’s GOAT, Kareem’s overall career could give MJ a run for his money. Jordan is Jordan, and his accomplishments were also out of this world, but he didn’t dominate as much in high school and college.
MJ fans might not like it, but this was a sound argument from Spencer Dinwiddie.